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Camp Cope is kicking off its U.S. tour at PhilaMOCA in June; read a review of How To Socialise & Make Friends

Camp Cope | photo courtesy of the artist

Camp Cope is the kind of band that, when they release new material, you know you need to listen right away — not only because their songs are gorgeously crafted and just the right amount of catchy, but because there’s an urgency to Georgia Maq and crew’s music, a sense of importance that can’t be ignored. Luckily, our wait for new Camp Cope tunes is over. How To Socialise & Make Friends is out now via Run For Cover Records, and it’s the Australian trio’s most powerful release yet.

To go along with the album, the band announced a run of U.S. tour dates, which launch Thursday, June 21st at PhilaMOCA in Fishtown. Scrantonian indie rock singer-songwriter Petal joins them, and more information on the gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Surprise! Camp Cope needs no notice before last-minute Troc Balcony gig

Camp Cope | photo by Joe Bloss of WXPN

When I woke up yesterday, my plans for the evening were about the same as most Tuesday nights so far this summer: Go to work, leave around nine and get home in time to watch the Phillies lose. Then I saw the news that Melbourne, Australia’s best punk rockers, Camp Cope, were headlining a last-minute gig at the Trocadero Balcony — last night. If the punk rock gods were kind enough, I maybe had a chance to make it in time for Camp Cope’s set, the last of a four-band bill.

I made it. It was as great as expected. I am sorry to Kississippi, Who Loves You and Larry Nodder, the first three acts of the night. Work commitment kept me away just long enough to miss you all. I’m sure you were great, and I’m hopeful any readers in attendance can attest to such an assumption in the comments.

Considering my attendance was as impulsive as the show itself, I did not record the order of the setlist. I can recall at least five numbers from the band’s lone LP — “Done,” “Lost (Season One),” “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” “Trepidation” and “Stove Lighter” — two from their more recent split with Cayetana — “Keep Growing,” “Footscray Station” — and, as pointed out in this Facebook-comment fan video, one new song. Whatever order those songs were played in doesn’t matter because what they sounded like was near-perfect. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Camp Cope at The Trocadero Balcony, Cliff Hillis at Kennett Flash

Camp Cope | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Camp Cope | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Melbourne, Australia punk rock power trio Camp Cope is making the rounds on the east coast this month, playing dates with Cayetana, Worriers, Thin Lips and more on the heels of its news that the band has joined the venerable Run For Cover Records family. I caught them at the Skid Row Garage in York a week and a half ago; they were fantastic, and I’m psyched to report that they’ll play a last minute gig much closer to home tonight. Just announced last night (!), Camp Cope takes to the stage at The Trocadero Balcony this evening with Kississippi, Who Loves You — who, cool timing, just got written up in Items Tagged Philadelphia — and Larry Nodder. Tickets and more information on the gig are available here. Fun fact: Camp Cope’s self-titled release was one of The Key’s 16 Albums You Shouldn’t Overlook in 2016. Here’s what our Marc Snitzer had to say at the time: “In the record’s eight tracks, singer Georgia Maq lets us in far past the point of oversharing; the frustration, fear and grief expressed in ‘Lost (Season One)’ and ‘Song for Charlie,’ delivered through her thick Aussie accent and complemented by her bandmates’ ragtag percussion, feel like the kind of things we learn to keep locked up in private. You could call that radical transparency, or tenderness, or both. But it makes for startlingly good singalong fodder.” Give it a listen below.
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Meet Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs, joining Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope in York next month

Sleepy Limbs | photo via sleepylimbspa.bandcamp.com

A lineup that includes the likes of Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope is good enough on its own. To ask for anything more than a trio of that quality would just be greedy. But when the three bands play next month at Skid Row Garage in York (the show was originally supposed to be in Lancaster at Chameleon Club’s Lizard Lounge, but has since been moved), one more newly added group of rockers will join them: Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs. Continue reading →

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Cayetana is touring with Camp Cope and Worriers, playing Lancaster in July

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

While we’re on the subject of outstanding releases to look forward to this spring, consider this your PSA: the sophomore record from Cayetana is going to blow your minds. On New Kind of Normal, the Philly punk trio expands its sound into more simmering and atmospheric zones than we’ve heard from it in the past, while simultaneously kicking out some of the most revved-up anthems of its catalog.

The band treated us to a rooftop performance a couple sunny Saturdays ago, and we’ll have that video — along with an interview — for the next installment of The Key Presents. For now, we bring you an exciting piece of tour news. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cayetana’s new song “Trails,” pre-order their new split with Camp Cope

Cayetana and Camp Cope | via Daily Slice Mag

Earlier this year, Philadelphia DIY scene faves Cayetana toured Australia for the first time with Melbourne’s Camp Cope. The two punk power trios hit it off remarkably well, and are celebrating that kinship with the release of a new 7″ on Poison City Records.

The split, which releases on January 20th, features two new songs from each band – below, you can get a taste of it with Cayetana’s excellent new slow-burner “Trails.” Like a lot of their best work, it starts hushed and progressively gets more emotive and intense as frontwoman Augusta Koch meditates on failure and forgiveness. Continue reading →

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Heroes Matter: Remembering Stan Lee with King Britt, Camp Candle, Kindred, and more from the Philadelphia music scene

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On Monday morning in Los Angeles, Stan Lee was rushed from his home by ambulance, where he would later be pronounced dead at 95 years old.

The co-founder of Marvel Comics, Lee (along with his collaborators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) created a number of beloved characters such as Spiderman, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, The Avengers and more, leaving behind an indelible mark on the pop cultural landscape. These characters and the stories told through them were more than just a means of escape, they were in many ways, a moral and sociopolitical reflection of our world that challenged us to make it better.

In the wake of a worldwide outpouring of grief and gratitude expressed for Lee, we asked members of our city’s music community to share their thoughts on a man whose vision expanded the limits of our collective imagination. Continue reading →

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Matt Pond returns to his old stomping grounds on “The Scope and Span of Pennsylvania”

Matt Pond | photo courtesy of the artist

A lot has happened in the twenty years since singer-songwriter Matt Pond debuted his eponymous indie pop project, Matt Pond PA. He put out several beloved releases on Polyvinyl Records. He moved from Philly to New York, as musicians in the aughties were wont to do. He covered “Champagne Supernova” for The OC, and did it with the utmost sincerity, and it was beautiful. He toyed with changing his band name, then kept it, then officially retired it last year. He released twelve LPs and innumerable EPs, free singles, one-offs and other assorted ephemera.

But on his new song, “The Scope and Span of Pennsylvania,” there’s a lyric that seems to suggest a constant force through all the change: “There will always be deer in the headlights, staring at the frozen pavement, waiting for love.”

is Pond talking about backlit neon sign photo on the Deer Apartments LP cover, bathed in Instagram tones and textures even though its an honest-to-god 120 color film photograph that predated Instagram by a decade? Is he talking about a deer he encountered on a cold, late-night drive through new England? Is it all metaphor upon metaphor?

I’m unsure, but I do know that the song — a collaboration with Chris Hansen, Sean Hansen, Dan Coutant, and Teal Hutton, with Chicago singer-songwriter Gia Margaret assisting on vocals (Pond absolutely swoons over her Ordinal Records release There’s Always Glimmer) — is another elegant stunner, characteristic of Pond, where guitars fervently strum and sleigh bells chime and keyboard textures bob and weave and build into a lovely expanse. Continue reading →